Excerpts is an ongoing series of mostly drawings that are presented alongside titles, but these titles are in fact little bits of larger narratives. Some of the titles are not little, and instead span a paragraph or two. The words do not directly describe the pictures, nor do the pictures strictly illustrate the words; however, this is not to say that the visual and textual elements are wholly divorced from one another. Excerpts considers the processes of drawing (or painting) and writing to be absolutely analogous. Both possess the same active struggle from conception towards definition, as well as feature the same types of editing and restructuring utilised in the effort to achieve a condition of finish. At its most obvious, the narrative could sometimes be interpreted as explicating the procedure by which an image came to be. In other pairings, the endeavour by which a prose passage was composed is defined by the image. But more significantly, there is an overarching redefinition of how these two formally and conceptually disparate components relate to each other. Image is accompanied by – and synonymous to – text, and therefore text is always accompanied by – and synonymous to – image. It is logical then that text is always accompanied by text and image is always accompanied by image, despite appearances (at times text is literally accompanied by text, but might as well be image accompanied by image). The aim is to continue to work through this relationship between congruent and laborious pictorial and literary processes, as it offers the potential for a viably prolonged and dynamic practice within its simple framework.
2010. Ink on paper. 5 x 10 in.